nep-tid New Economics Papers
on Technology and Industrial Dynamics
Issue of 2006‒07‒15
three papers chosen by
Roberto Fontana
Universita Bocconi

  1. Knowledge-sourcing strategies for cross-disciplinarity in bionanotechnology By Isamel Rafols; Martin Meyer
  2. Contributions of Zvi Griliches By James J. Heckman
  3. Reforms, Entry and Productivity: Some Evidence from the Indian Manufacturing Sector By Sumon Kumar Bhaumik; Shubhashis Gangopadhyay; Shagun Krishnan

  1. By: Isamel Rafols (SPRU, University of Sussex); Martin Meyer (SPRU, University of Sussex)
    Keywords: interdisciplinarity, collaboration, bionanotechnology, research, knowledge-sourcing, molecular motors
    JEL: O32 L65
    Date: 2006–07–05
  2. By: James J. Heckman (University of Chicago and IZA Bonn)
    Abstract: In this article, I summarize Griliches’ contributions to economics and to applied econometrics.
    Keywords: social rate of return, growth, productivity improvement
    JEL: B31 D24 O33
    Date: 2006–06
  3. By: Sumon Kumar Bhaumik; Shubhashis Gangopadhyay; Shagun Krishnan
    Abstract: It is now stylized that, while the impact of ownership on firm productivity is unclear, product market competition can be expected to have a positive impact on productivity, thereby making entry (or contestability of markets) desirable. Traditional research in the context of entry has explored the strategic reactions of incumbent firms when threatened by the possibility of entry. However, following De Soto (1989), there has been increasing emphasis on regulatory and institutional factors governing entry rates, especially in the context of developing countries. Using 3-digit industry level data from India, for the 1984-97 period, we examine the phenomenon of entry in the Indian context. Our empirical results suggest that during the 1980s industry level factors largely explained variations in entry rates, but that, following the economic federalism brought about by the post-1991 reforms, variations entry rates during the 1990s were explained largely by state level institutional and legacy factors. We also find evidence to suggest that, in India, entry rates were positively associated with growth in total factor productivity.
    Keywords: Entry, Productivity, Institutions, Regulations, India, Reforms
    JEL: L11 L52 L64 L67 O14 O17
    Date: 2006–03–01

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